Logan council chair concerned about local pollution

Friday is yet another red air alert day in Cache Valley and by Thursday afternoon the Utah Department of Air Quality announced that pollution levels reached the highest they had been so far this season.This situation is a deep concern for Logan Municipal Council Chairman Herm Olsen who says, for most of the year, Cache Valley is a great place to live but for several days this time of year the air is considered unhealthy.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, Olsen said much of the problem is caused by cars and athough cars are getting cleaner there wil be more cars on the road as the population increases.”That will require that we look into things,” Olsen said, “like our bus system, our mass transit, think in advance of making a trip, instead of three, about not idling for 20 minutes when we’re waiting to pick up our kids from school.”In addition to contributing to bad air, it’s actually illegal to over-idle because it’s contributing to this whole health issue that all of us have to deal with.”Meanwhile, Olsen says local residents should follow the advice of the Bear River Health Department’s medical director, Dr. Ed Redd, who says it is important to avoid prolonged exertion oudoors during the inversions and to refrain from using wood burning stoves.

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